Gibbous ♋ Cancer
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 57% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 6 March 2006 at 20:16 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠24° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1836" and ∠1933".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2006 after 7 days on 14 March 2006 at 23:35.
There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.
The Moon is 8 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 76 of Meeus index or 1029 from Brown series.
Length of current 76 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 44 minutes. It is 15 minutes longer than next lunation 77 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 9 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠2.9°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠19°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
7 days after point of perigee on 27 February 2006 at 20:27 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 5 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 13 March 2006 at 01:44 in ♍ Virgo.
Moon is 390 405 km (242 586 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 5 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 273 km (252 446 mi).
5 days after its ascending node on 1 March 2006 at 16:25 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 8 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 15 March 2006 at 19:52 in ♍ Virgo.
5 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
12 days after previous South standstill on 23 February 2006 at 09:37 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.648°. Next day the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠28.694° in the next northern standstill on 8 March 2006 at 00:05 in ♋ Cancer.
After 7 days on 14 March 2006 at 23:35 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.